I began the afternoon with a "schema" chart. I made a chart on a large piece of chart paper. (Yep! I forgot to take a picture of it...so I re-created it with a drawing below.)
1. We charted what we already knew.... "Schema." We discussed how it's fun to use fancy-grown up words sometimes since we are SO smart! We wrote our schema ideas on post-it notes. (You will see why in a moment!)
2. We read a non-fiction, fact filled penguin book.
3. We watched the penguin video from by post below. (It's a GREAT one!)
4. We charted "NEW LEARNING" and moved any post-it notes with incorrect facts to the "OOPS!" or "Misconception" area.
5. We made these SUPER-CUTE and EASY-PEASY penguins in a step by step format. Gotta love how they all have their own "personalities!" (We ONLY made the penguins themselves on Friday. On Tuesday during Writer's Workshop we will re-read our schema-chart and write our own non-fiction stories. This picture is from last year so you can see the finished project!) This writing idea came from the wonderfully talented Deanna Jump originally! I changed it a bit...but if you are looking for additional penguin activities, check out her TPT store!
6. After our penguin art activity, we had a penguin snack! Yum! We made OCEAN ICEBERG FLOATS (blue Hawaiian Punch with scoops of vanilla ice cream) and Goldfish crackers. Did I mention that we put the Goldfish crackers on a napkin and the kiddos had to eat them like penguins....with no hands or fingers! Take a peek!
7. We ended the afternoon with a Penguin Egg Relay Race! We plopped a penguin egg on our feet and did a relay race in the gym. The kiddos had to pass the egg to their teammates. It didn't take long for the kiddos to realize what a tough job it is to be a penguin parent!
That was it for our "Fun Friday!" Do you do a penguin unit?? If so, please leave a comment and share what YOU do! Sharing ideas is the BEST!!!